Maintaining Cognitive Health
Cognitive and neurological health refers to the health of the brain, how efficiently the brain communicates with the body while maintaining a host of other functions such as memory, judgment, language, spacial sensing, recognition, dealing with colors, images and numbers as well as the ability to learn.
Issues with cognitive or neurological health can create many symptoms. One of the most well-known is declining mental function or dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, which generally develops later in life based on a decline of brain tissues and enzyme function.
Other neurological problems — brought on by head injuries from sports or car accidents — aren’t always given the proper treatment, and can occur earlier in life such as depression, vertigo, or poor balance and change in sleep patterns.
Various types of cognitive problems can impact children, from learning disabilities, to Autism and Asperger’s, to ADHD, to Cerebral palsy, just to name a few. Oftentimes, there is poor memory recall, inability to read words or solve math problems, inability to stay still or maintain focus, but symptoms can escalate to severe mood changes, poor judgement and choices, loss of motor function, and lack of spacial awareness.
Other Neurological Issues
Other health issues that may not be age-related can be cognitive and neurological in nature. Depression and anxiety disorders oftentimes point to cognitive problems, but are not treated as such.
Brain injuries like concussion, medication side effects or a vitamin B12 deficiency can bring about cognitive issues that aren’t always properly resolved with therapy after they are diagnosed.
Traditionally treatments for neurological problems include some form of mediation which typically doesn’t deal with the root cause of the illness that can be lessened or reversed by meaningful lifestyle changes like diet, exercise, using herbal remedies along with adaptogenic herbs, and balancing genetic factors.
Some diagnoses like depression, anxiety, and OCD for example, are frequently treated with a combination of medication and counseling — but therapies rarely include diet changes that can have a huge impact on brain health.
There is also some evidence that individuals may be able to prevent cognitive decline and impairment when adopting a healthy lifestyle earlier in life, including clean eating, limiting alcohol intake, avoiding smoking, regular exercise and mediation.
The earlier cognitive impairments are diagnosed, the sooner you can start addressing them – feel free to schedule a complimentary phone consultation to see what the best next steps are for you.
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